markMeet The Owner

Pets have been a part of Mark’s life since he was born. Over the years, Mark has shared his life with quite a collection of critters, including dogs, cats, tropical fish, rats (the pet kind!), lizards, and even a couple chinchillas. At one time or another, he has been owned by a Basset Hound, a Sheltie, a “Benji”, an Irish Setter, a Dachshund, a Fox Terrier, and a Doberman Pinscher named Lily who was so loving she wanted to sleep on your lap!

Mark spent 25 years as a corporate executive with Coca-Cola, Baskin Robbins, and the international arm of RJ Reynolds (nope, he doesn’t smoke!). And he spent 15 of those years working with those companies overseas, in Korea, Pakistan, and Russia. In fact, the current pet in his life is Gigi, a Norwegian Forest Cat purchased from a Russian “babushka” for 50 rubles (about $1.65!).

Mark has been in Atlanta since 2004 and is the very proud parent of three adult children. He is a member of Pet Sitters, International; the Georgia Network of Professional Pet Sitters; and The Buckhead Business Association. He is also certified in Pet First Aid.

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While previous pet care experience isn’t mandatory, qualities such as a strong customer service focus; dependability; and a caretaking heart are. Send a resume and cover letter explaining a bit about yourself and why you think you’d be a great pet care provider to Mark Shaver at [email protected]

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Hi, I’m Cheryl. I was raised with a variety of animals ranging from dogs to horses to chickens and racoons. My love for animals inspired me to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome several dogs and cats.

I started pet sitting and dog walking professionally in 2001. In 2011, I joined Buckhead Paws and have been loving and caring for our clients ever since. At home, I have three kitties, Squeaky, Dinky, and Babycakes. I am also captain of my neighborhood watch and active in community services.

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As a young adult, I experienced many different career paths, but I realized early on that my passion lies in animals. Pet sitting is a gratifying reward instead of a “job”. In the ten years I’ve been in the field, I’ve always been committed to providing quality care and treating every pet as if they were my own.


I’m one of those rare creatures who is a genuine native of Atlanta! I graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in acting, so when I’m not taking care of pets for Buckhead Paws, I’m auditioning for parts on stage or screen.

I have three dogs of my own, Jackson the Beagle; Toby the Maltipoo; and Max the Chow mix, and I have a real love for all creatures great and small.

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Ever since I was little, I’ve loved animals… dogs, cats, birds, fish, even hermit crabs. I began working for Buckhead Paws as one of my very first jobs, back in 2010. All these years later, I love taking care of animals – all kinds and sizes.

On a personal note, I’m a recent graduate of Oglethorpe University, where, I studied English and Japanese.

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I moved to the Atlanta area in 2013 and started a career in pet sitting and dog walking. I have a great deal of pride in and passion for what I do for my clients and their furbabies. I always try to spend extra time with pets to give them love, attention and exercise. I really believe I have the best job in the world!


My goal in working with Buckhead Paws is to provide clients with confidence and peace of mind. I will treat your pet with love, kindness and patience.

I combine my love of dogs and my desire to support individuals with special needs by volunteering with Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). CCI is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by matching them with highly-trained assistance dogs.

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Growing up on a dairy farm in the small town of Hallstead, PA, I was fortunate to connect with animals at a very early age. I have a knack for keeping animals calm and making them feel comfortable. One of my clients said: “I’ve never seen Stella accept someone so quickly, so I know you have a special love for pets.”

After pursuing a career as a mechanical process engineer, I discovered that it was not my life’s calling. I’ve since co-founded a nonprofit to help our veterans and love being a professional pet caregiver.

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I’ve been pet-sitting for more than 20 years. During that time, I’ve also fostered more than 200 dogs for Atlanta rescue groups. Luckily, I have the help of my assistants, two chihuahuas – Ginger and Chihuahua (no joke!) – and a black lab named Bishop.

Prior to starting my dog sitting career, I was a customer service specialist in telecommunications and mortgage banking.

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A lifelong lover of animals, I started pet sitting for friends, prior to joining the Buckhead Paws team. My goal at Buckhead Paws is to make clients’ animals feel loved and safe, while having a fun time!

After three years in New York, I’m excited to be back in Atlanta. In between visiting my furry friends, I am finishing my Master’s thesis in Art History and working on multiple art projects.


I’ve always loved animals. I grew up with birds and fish, then adopted furbabies with cats and dogs in my adulthood. After working in customer service for 20 years, I made the transition to caring for animals.

I’m a native of Cincinnati and graduate of Kennesaw State University.


I was born and raised in Massachussetts, but have been here in Atlanta since 1990. Growing up, I had the usual dogs, cats, and goldfish, as well as hamsters, turtles, a parakeet, and a horse – but not all at once! I studied English in college, then worked in advertising before and after raising my son and daughter. Now, I’ve come full circle, and I’m back with the animals – and I’m having a wonderful time caring for them with Buckhead Paws.


I’m Naomi, and I’m a student at Florida A & M University, where I’m studying Music Education, with a concentration in Jazz. While I play a number of different instruments, the Sax is my favorite. If I’m not jamming around town or hitting the books, I’m spending time taking care of my Buckhead Paws clients or playing with my three dogs, Max, Jackson, and Toby.


Courtney is relatively new to the Atlanta area, but she has been around animals her whole life. Although she has a day job as a project coordinator, she is really happy to be able to spend time with some animals evenings and weekends. Currently, she lives with a roommate and three cats, but someday soon she will get a house with a yard and finally get to give her very own dog all the love it deserves. Courtney brings a calm, quiet manner that our more anxious 4-legged clients really appreciate.


I grew up in Illinois on the Mississippi River, where my parents owned a steamboat. I always had dogs, especially large dogs. While working for the Salvation Army in Kansas City, I started my own dog walking business, and earned multiple certifications for dog training. At the time, I had two Akitas, Sadiemae and Kodiak. Since then, I’ve had corporate positions in sales and real estate, while living in LA and Las Vegas. When I lived in Vegas, I started a Dog Fostering business, and placed over 75 dogs into new homes in less than two years.

I’ve been in Atlanta since 2010, and now live with Dakota and Daijha, my Great Dane / Rottweiler mixes. I have left behind the corporate rat race, and love that I have re-connected with my dog-loving roots by becoming a part of Buckhead Paws.

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